Hinckley not to be charged with murder in Brady death 33 years later

James and Sarah Brady

Former White House press secretary James Brady, left, looks at his wife, Sarah Brady, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on the 30th anniversary of the shooting. (Photo: Associated Press)

John Hinckley Jr. — the man whose failed assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981 resulted in the serious injury of the president and subsequent death of White House press secretary James Brady some 33 years later — will not be brought up on murder charges, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office came to the decision just four months after 73-year-old Brady died and after review of applicable law, case history and recent autopsy findings, officials said.

Hinkley was apprehended on the scene and later charged with 10 federal and District of Columbia charges before being found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a mental hospital where he’s spent the past 32 years.

A Brady family representative said that they respect the U.S. attorney’s decision and are “deeply appreciate the extraordinary outpouring of love and support” since Brady’s death,” The Washington Post reported.

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